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Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (Compact) is an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses in all Compact member states.  This means, any person whose license privileges or rights are suspended in a Compact state may also be suspended in all other Compact states, IF THE CONVICTION IS A BASIS FOR SUSPENSION IN THAT STATE. 

The Compact prevents poachers who are under revocation in one state from hunting, fishing, or trapping in other states.  This cooperative interstate effort will enhance the Division of Wildlife’s ability to protect and manage our wildlife resources.

If a person plans to hunt, fish, or trap in another state, and have a license suspension in Florida, it is their responsibility to contact the other state to verify they can legally hunt, fish, or trap there.

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Suspended license, now what?

  • Administrative Suspension?  The terms of your suspension will become effective on the 22nd day after receipt of the suspension notice if you do not request an administrative proceeding.  You have a period of 21 days from receipt of the suspension notice to request an administrative proceeding as described in the document, titled “Explanation of Rights.”  Failure to request an administrative proceeding within 21 days of receipt of the suspension notice shall be considered a waiver of your rights to any administrative proceeding regarding the administrative action, as stated in Rule 26-106.111(4), Florida Administrative Code.  If you do not request an administrative proceeding, the suspension of your trapping, fishing and/or hunting privileges will become effective on the 22nd day after receipt of the suspension notice.  For information regarding an administrative proceeding, you may contact the FWC Legal Office at (850) 487-1764.
  • Court ordered suspension? Court ordered suspensions issued by a Florida judge cannot be overturned by the Commission.

    If you believe that your fishing, trapping and/or hunting privileges have been suspended in error, you have the right to appeal this action: the terms of your suspension will become effective on the 22nd day after receipt of the suspension notice if you do not request an administrative proceeding.  You have a period of 21 days from receipt of the suspension notice to request an administrative proceeding as described in the document, titled “Explanation of Rights.”  Failure to request an administrative proceeding within 21 days of receipt of the suspension notice shall be considered a waiver of your rights to any administrative proceeding regarding the administrative action, as stated in Rule 26-106.111(4), Florida Administrative Code.  If you do not request an administrative proceeding, the suspension of your trapping, fishing and/or hunting privileges will become effective on the 22nd day after receipt of the suspension notice. For information regarding an administrative proceeding, you may contact the FWC Legal Office at (850) 487-1764.

  • NOTE: Regardless of the type of suspension you have received, during the suspension period you may not hunt, fish, trap or attempt to engage in any activity requiring a license, permit, or certificate issued pursuant to Section 379.354 OR a privilege granted under Section 379.353, Florida Statute.  When the suspension period has been completed, you will be eligible to purchase a license.

FAQs

  1. What is the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (Compact)?

    The Compact assures non-resident violators receiving citations for certain wildlife violations in participating states the same treatment accorded residents who are in violation.  Procedures established causes a non-resident violator who fails to comply with the terms of a citation issued in a participating state to face the possibility of the suspension of his wildlife license privileges in his home state until the terms of the citation are met.  Safeguards are built into the Compact to assure that a non-resident violator is afforded all due process protection.

    In addition, the Compact provides for the reciprocal recognition of the suspension of license privileges by participating states, subject to limitations intended to provide due process protection.  The reciprocal recognition of suspensions is intended to address the problems associated with the mobility of many violators.

    Finally, the Compact provides that information on convictions in participating states shall be forwarded to the home state of the violator.  The home state shall treat such convictions as if they had occurred in that state for the purposes of license suspension actions.

  2. What are benefits?
    The Compact not only assures equal treatment of residents and non-residents of participating states, but also enhances the law enforcement services and deterrent value of time spent patrolling by uniformed officers.
  3. Which violations does it cover?
    1. Any violation subject to the provisions of a "Penalty Assessment," which allows a violator to comply with a citation by mailing a fine payment to the issuing agency or a court, thereby admitting guilt without a formal appearance.
    2. Any violation written as a summons requiring a violator to deal directly with the court, either in person, by mail or through an attorney. 
    3. In order for a violation to be subject to these provisions, the person to whom the citation is issued must be a resident of a Compact state, other than the issuing state, at the time the citation is issued.
  4. Which violations are not covered?
    1. Any violations that mandate a personal appearance.
    2. Any petty offense or misdemeanor violation that has a jail term as a mandatory penalty.
    3. Any felony violation.
    4. Any violation that the issuing officer deems serious enough to arrest a resident violator.
    5. Any violation or situation which the laws, policies or procedures of the issuing state dictate shall be handled otherwise.
  5. What are the methods of compliance with a citation?
    1. Payment by mail where provided for.
    2. Responding to the citation in person.
    3. Submission of a plea by mail where allowed.
    4. Responding through an attorney where allowed.
  6. What serves as evidence of compliance (in response to a notice of suspension for non-compliance)?
    1. Certificate from the court.
    2. Copy of the court judgment.
    3. The violator copy of a Notice of Compliance sent by the issuing state.

    NOTE:  personal representations, check stubs, money order receipts, etc. are not acceptable.

  7. What to do if you were given an administrative suspension?

    The terms of your suspension will become effective on the 22nd day after receipt of the suspension notice if you do not request an administrative proceeding.  You have a period of 21 days from receipt of the suspension notice to request an administrative proceeding as described in the document, titled “Explanation of Rights.”  Failure to request an administrative proceeding within 21 days of receipt of the suspension notice shall be considered a waiver of your rights to any administrative proceeding regarding the administrative action, as stated in Rule 26-106.111(4), Florida Administrative Code.  If you do not request an administrative proceeding, the suspension of your trapping, fishing and/or hunting privileges will become effective on the 22nd day after receipt of the suspension notice. For information regarding an administrative proceeding, you may contact the FWC Legal Office at (850) 487-1764

  8. What to do if you were given a court ordered suspension?

    Court ordered suspensions issued by a Florida judge cannot be overturned by the Commission.

    If you believe that your fishing, trapping and/or hunting privileges have been suspended in error, you have the right to appeal this action: The terms of your suspension will become effective on the 22nd day after receipt of the suspension notice if you do not request an administrative proceeding.  You have a period of 21 days from receipt of the suspension notice to request an administrative proceeding as described in the document, titled “Explanation of Rights.”  Failure to request an administrative proceeding within 21 days of receipt of the suspension notice shall be considered a waiver of your rights to any administrative proceeding regarding the administrative action, as stated in Rule 26-106.111(4), Florida Administrative Code.  If you do not request an administrative proceeding, the suspension of your trapping, fishing and/or hunting privileges will become effective on the 22nd day after receipt of the suspension notice. For information regarding an administrative proceeding, you may contact the FWC Legal Office at (850) 487-1764
  9. When can I get my fishing, hunting and/or trapping privileges back?
    Regardless of the type of suspension you have received, either administrative or court ordered, during the suspension period you may not hunt, fish, trap or attempt to engage in any activity requiring a license, permit, or certificate issued pursuant to Section 379.354 OR a privilege granted under Section 379.353, Florida Statute (F.S.). When the suspension period has been completed, you will be eligible to purchase a license. 

 

Impact on FWC

  • Law Enforcement Officers are able to devote more time to patrol, surveillance and apprehension of violators.
  • Public relations are improved by not having to subject as many violators to the inconveniences of immediate appearance, bonding or incarceration. 
  • The burden on courts and jail facilities is reduced.
  • Entry into, and withdrawal from this interstate compact is voluntary. There is no additional cost associated with Florida's participation in this interstate agreement.
  • The number of "Failure to appear" cases is reduced because non-residents cannot ignore a citation from participating states without facing the suspension of their wildlife license privileged in their home state. 

Captain Avery Tubbs

FWC, Division of Law Enforcement

620 South Meridian Street

Tallahassee, Florida 32399

(850) 617-9527

Definitions

As used in this compact, unless the context requires otherwise:

(a) "Citation" means any summons, complaint, summons and complaint, ticket, penalty assessment, or other official document issued to a person by a wildlife officer or other peace officer for a wildlife violation which contains an order requiring the person to respond.

(b) "Collateral" means any cash or other security deposited to secure an appearance for trial in connection with the issuance by a wildlife officer or other peace officer of a citation for a wildlife violation.

(c) "Compliance" with respect to a citation means the act of answering a citation through an appearance in a court or tribunal, or through the payment of fines, costs, and surcharges, if any.

(d) "Conviction" means a conviction, including any court conviction, for any offense related to the preservation, protection, management, or restoration of wildlife which is prohibited by state statute, law, regulation, ordinance, or administrative rule, and such conviction shall also include the forfeiture of any bail, bond, or other security deposited to secure appearance by a person charged with having committed any such offense, the payment of a penalty assessment, a plea of nolo contendere and the imposition of a deferred or suspended sentence by the court.

(e) "Court" means a court of law, including magistrate's court and the justice of the peace court.

(f) "Home state" means the state of primary residence of a person.

(g) "Issuing state" means the participating state which issues a wildlife citation to the violator.

(h) "License" means any license, permit, or other public document which conveys to the person to whom it was issued the privilege of pursuing, possessing, or taking any wildlife regulated by statute, law, regulation, ordinance, or administrative rule of a participating state.

(i) "Licensing authority" means the department or division within each participating state which is authorized by law to issue or approve licenses or permits to hunt, fish, trap, or possess wildlife.

(j) "Participating state" means any state which enacts legislation to become a member of this wildlife compact.

(k) "Personal recognizance" means an agreement by a person made at the time of issuance of the wildlife citation that such person will comply with the terms of the citation.

(l) "State" means any state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Provinces of Canada, and other countries.

(m) "Suspension" means any revocation, denial, or withdrawal of any or all license privileges, including the privilege to apply for, purchase, or exercise the benefits conferred by any license.

(n) "Terms of the citation" means those conditions and options expressly stated upon the citation.

(o) "Wildlife" means all species of animals including, but not limited to, mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, mollusks, and crustaceans, which are defined as "wildlife" and are protected or otherwise regulated by statute, law, regulation, ordinance, or administrative rule in a participating state. Species included in the definition of "wildlife" vary from state to state and determination of whether a species is "wildlife" for the purposes of this compact shall be based on local law.

(p) "Wildlife law" means any statute, law, regulation, ordinance, or administrative rule developed and enacted for the management of wildlife resources and the uses thereof.

(q) "Wildlife officer" means any individual authorized by a participating state to issue a citation for a wildlife violation.

(r) "Wildlife violation" means any cited violation of a statute, law, regulation, ordinance, or administrative rule developed and enacted for the management of wildlife resources and the uses thereof.

 

Participating States- Contact Information

It is your responsibility to contact any member state where you intend to obtain or attempt to obtain any license, permit or tag to determine your eligibility to purchase that license, permit or tag, or to determine if appeal procedures are available.  You may determine your eligibility by inquiring in writing to the specific member state at the address listed below.

 

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact member states include:

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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Compact Member States

Alabama:

Department of Conservation & Natural Resources - P.O. Box 301459 Montgomery, AL 36130

Alaska:

Department of Public Safety, Division of Wildlife Troopers-- 5700 East Tudor Road Anchorage, AK 99507

Arizona:

Game and Fish Department, Law Enforcement Branch-  2221 West Greenway Road Phoenix, AZ 85023

Arkansas:

Game and Fish Commission- 2 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205

California:

Department of Fish & Game, Law Enforcement Branch- 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1326, Sacramento, CA 95814

Colorado

Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife- 6060 Broadway Denver, CO 80216

Connecticut:

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection - 79 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106

Florida:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement- 620 South Meridian Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 

Georgia:

Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division- 2070 US Highway 278 Southeast Social Circle, GA 30025

Idaho:

Fish & Game, Enforcement Bureau- 600 South Walnut Box 25 Boise, ID 83707

Illinois

Department of Natural Resources, Office of Law Enforcement- One Natural Resources Way Springfield, IL 62702

Indiana

Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division- 402 West Washington Street, Room W255D Indianapolis, IN 46204

Iowa:

Department of Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Division, Law Enforcement Bureau, Wallace State Office Building- East 9th & Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50319

Kansas

Department of Wildlife and Parks- 512 Southeast 25th Avenue Pratt, KS 67124

Kentucky

Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources- #1 Game Farm Road Frankfort, KY 40601

Louisiana:

Wildlife and Fisheries, Department of Law Enforcement- P.O. Box 98000 Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Maine:

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife- 41 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333

 

Maryland:

Natural Resources Police, Tawes State Office Building, E-3- 580 Taylor Avenue Annapolis MD 21401

Michigan:

Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division- P.O. Box 30031 Lansing MI 48909

Minnesota:

Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division- 500 Lafayette Road, Box 47 St. Paul MN 55155

Mississippi

Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks- 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson MS 39211

Missouri

Department of Conservation, Protection Division- P.O. Box 180 Jefferson City, MO 65102

Montana

Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Law Enforcement Division- P.O. Box 200701 Helena, MT 59620

Nevada

Department of Wildlife- 1100 Valley Road Reno, NV 89512

New Hampshire:

Department of Game & Fish- 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

New Mexico:

Department of Game and Fish- P.O. Box 25112 Sante Fe, NM 87504

New York

State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Law Enforcement- 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233

North Carolina:

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission- 1701 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699

North Dakota

Game & Fish Department, Chief of Law Enforcement- 100 North Bismarck Expressway Bismarck, ND 58501

 

Ohio

Department of Natural Resources- 2045 Morse Road, Building G Columbus, OH 43229

Oklahoma:

Department of Wildlife Conservation- P.O. Box 53465 Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Oregon

Department of Fish and Wildlife- 3406 Cherry Avenue Northeast Salem, OR 97303

Pennsylvania:

Fish and Boat Commission- P.O. Box 67000 Harrisburg, PA 17106

Game Commission- 2001 Elmerton Avenue Harrisburg, PA 17110

Rhode Island

Department of Environmental Management- 235 Promenade Street Providence, RI 02908

South Carolina:

Department of Natural Resources- P.O. Box 168 Columbia, SC 29203

South Dakota

Game, Fish & Parks, Division of Wildlife- 523 East Capital Avenue Pierre, SD 57501

Tennessee:

Wildlife Resources Agency, Ellington Agricultural Center- P.O. Box 40747 Nashville, TN 37204

Texas

Parks & Wildlife- 4200 Smith School Road Austin, TX 78744

Utah:

Division of Wildlife Resources- P.O. Box 146301 Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Vermont:

Fish and Wildlife Department- 103 South Main Street Waterbury, VT 56711

Virginia:

Department of Game and Inland Fisheries- 4010 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23230

Washington:

Department of Fish & Wildlife, Law Enforcement Program- 600 Capitol Way North Olympia, WA 98501

West Virginia

Division of Natural Resources- 324 Fourth Avenue South Charleston, WV 25303

Wisconsin:

Department of Natural Resources- P.O. Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707

Wyoming:

Game and Fish Department- 5400 Bishop Boulevard Cheyenne, WY 82006